Do Only What is Needed
Daily Meditation — 3/27/2022
You go to bed in the drafty, frigid winter night, piling on every blanket you own…
You cocoon tight and eventually fall asleep, only to wake up roasting and sweating in a few hours.
Then you do it again and again.
Instead of doing what is needed — maybe one blanket — and suffering only for a while until you warm up, you foolishly cook yourself, ruining your rest.
Why do we forgo a moments suffering now? Why do you do what is excessive — too many blankets, too much food, too much drink — to hold at bay pain or to feel bliss for a fleeting second knowing full well the cost?
You are not a child, so don’t act like a child who must have the sweet right now! Embrace a moment of pain or lack and do what is needed.
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These are distillations from my coming book “YouDaimonia: the Ancient Philosophy of Human Flourishing.”